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Emma and Daniel are very much in love, but when Daniel asks Emma to marry him, it becomes clear that they are from two completely different worlds. Daniel's parents are rich and money is no object. Emma comes from East London, where people aren't loaded, but do know the value of friendship and community. Daniel's mother wants a society wedding, but Emma's parents can't afford anything fancy. They don't want Daniel's parents to pay for anything though. How will Emma manage her future mother-in-law's expectations while making sure her parents won't go bankrupt at the same time? Will Emma have the wedding of her dreams or will fighting best friends, the pressure she's under and hardly having any money to spend spoil her big day?
The Big Little Wedding in Carlton Square is a wonderful story. I immediately loved Emma. When there's a problem she tries to solve it, she's capable, loving and strong. She's kindhearted and generous as well and she wants to keep everybody happy. Emma is also creative and comes up with the most fantastic plans. I admired her strength and determination to make sure everyone would have a great time at her wedding and nobody would be disappointed. It was fun to read about her plans, the love for her family, best friend and Daniel and the original solutions she comes up with.
Daniel is a sweetheart. He's posh and I especially loved the endearing way Lilly Bartlett describes his accent. Reading the dialogue kept putting a big smile on my face. He's a generous and gentle man and I liked reading about his love for Emma and how he's trying to make her happy. I absolutely loved his warm personality and could easily understand why Emma wants to marry him, which makes the story fabulously sparkling.
The Big Little Wedding in Carlton Square is a terrific romantic story. There are also plenty of lovely tips and tricks when it comes to planning a wedding on an extremely tight budget. Lilly Bartlett managed to surprise me plenty of times with her inventiveness. I liked the setting and enjoyed reading about the cozy atmosphere of East London. Emma's friends and family truly love her and want to help in any way they can. I found that incredibly heartwarming. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see if Emma would succeed and loved the very special ending of the story that brought tears to my eyes. The Big Little Wedding in Carlton Square is an amazing charming, adorable and entertaining story.
If you love good stories about weddings The Big Little Wedding in Carlton Square is a story you shouldn't miss.
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Emma and Daniel are living in East London and Carlton Square is their home. Emma needs a new challenge and a closed-down pub is the perfect location for her Second Chance Café, where she'll serve delicious cakes and sandwiches together with good tea and coffee. It's a place where kids get a chance at a better future. Emma will train them, so they'll have work experience. Her friends and family all support her, but not everybody in the neighborhood is happy with Emma's new business.
Emma has to deal with a competitor determined to close her down. Her business is constantly being undermined, but Emma doesn't want to give in. She fights for what she believes in and wants to make her café the place people visit when they want to relax in a cozy atmosphere. The campaign against her is getting nastier and nastier. Will she be able to survive such hatefulness when she's only just opened her doors or will her customers stay away because of it?
The Second Chance Café in Carlton Square is such a lovely story. Emma has a good heart and she tries to manage running a household and owning a business at the same time. It isn't easy, but she's great at solving problems, so she always comes up with a fabulous creative solution. I loved her spirit and enthusiasm. She's helping kids while being around people all day, which is something she loves doing. She makes new friends and learns how to run a business. She often has to compromise and it was fun to read about her plans. She's an amazing admirable main character and I liked reading about her a lot.
Lilly Bartlett has a wonderful descriptive writing style. She writes about the feelings of her characters in an honest and open way. Emma has to work hard and doesn't have much time to relax, so she doesn't always have the energy to be her bubbly cheerful self. It was interesting to read about her struggles and the way she deals with them. She has no choice but to learn how to stand up for herself, which is something I loved about her story. Emma and Daniel are a fantastic couple and I really enjoyed reading about them again. I highly recommend this lively friendly story.
The Second Chance Café in Carlton Square is the second book in the Carlton Square series, but it can be read as a standalone. If you want to know more about Emma's background and her relationship with Daniel I'd advise you to start with The Big Little Wedding in Carlton Square.
About Lilly Bartlett
Lilly Bartlett’s cosy romcoms are full of warmth, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters.
Lilly is the pen-name of Sunday Times and USA Today best-selling author, Michele Gorman, who writes best friend-girl power comedies under her own name.